Daily Picture 31-Oct-09: Remarkable Art Nouveau Ornament

Art Nouveau ornament, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Art Nouveau exterior wall ornament, late 1890s house, Icoanei area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 30-Oct-09: Original Art Nouveau Wall Painting

Art Nouveau wall painting decoration, Buchares (©Valentin Mandache)

Well preserved (under a protective glass sheet) original exterior Art Nouveau wall painting decoration, Bucharest 1900s house, Mantuleasa area (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 29-Oct-09: Slender Neo-Romanian Style House

Neo-Romanian style, Bucharest(©Valentin Mandache)

A slender example of Neo-Romanian style house, Dorobanti area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The usual appearance of a Neo-Romanian style house is that of a heavy citadel like structure, inspired from the fortified late medieval houses and monasteries of South West Romania. The photograph shows a somehow slender example of such structure, part of a trend toward a lighter and more fluid design for this style that emerged in late 1930s Romania. The subsequent war and installation of the communist regime in the country put an abrupt end to the Neo-Romanian style in architecture and all of its interesting experimentation as the trend highlighted in the above example, inaugurating a new long era of modernist brutalistm in architectural design.

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 28-Oct-09: Art Deco Block of Flats

Art Deco facade, Bucharestv(©Valentin Mandache)

1930s Art Deco facade, block of flats in Calea Victoriei area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 27-Oct-09: Improper Renovation of A Neo-Romanian Style House

An example of improper renovation of a Neo-Romanian style house: the old ceramic tile roof together with its peculiar roof ornaments and finials have been replaced with characterless corrugated metal sheets, which seal the loft off, not allowing the building to breathe and further damaging it. Bucharest, Opera area. (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 27-Oct-09: Improper Renovation of A Neo-Romanian Style House

An example of improper renovation of a Neo-Romanian style house: the old ceramic tile roof together with its peculiar roof ornaments and finials have been replaced with characterless corrugated metal sheets, which seal the loft off, not allowing the building to breathe and further damaging it. Bucharest, Opera area. (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 26-Oct-09: Art Nouveau – Neo-Romanian Style House

Art Nouveau & early Neo-Romanian styles, Dorobanti area, Bucharest(©Valentin Mandache)

An interesting symbiosis between the Art Nouveau & early Neo-Romanian styles, 1900s house in Dorobanti area, Bucharest. In the first decades of its existence, the house was probably also painted in a blast of vivid colors, which highlighted even more this peculiar variety of Art Nouveau style developed in Romania. (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 25-Oct-09: 1940s Modernist – Art Deco House

Modernist - Art Deco house, Cotroceni area, Bucharest(©Valentin Mandache)

An interesting example of a balanced architectural design that successfully combines the international Modernist style with Art Deco elements. Early 1940s house in Cotroceni area, Bucharest(©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 24-Oct-09: Neo-Romanian Balcony with Art Nouveau Motifs

Neo-Romanian style balcony, Rosetti area, Bucharest(©Valentin Mandache)

Neo-Romanian style balcony, with interesting Art Nouveau decorative elements inspired from medieval Wallachian church architecture (the voluminous undulating band above the arch, wrought iron flower pot supports wrapping around the balcony, spiral columns, etc.) House in Rosetti area, Bucharest. Building could date from mid 1910s or first years immediately after the Great War (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 23-Oct-09: La Belle Époque Ornament

'Little Paris' style architectural ornament, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Echoes from La Belle Époque: a well preserved 1900s 'Little Paris' style architectural ornament on top of the entrance pediment of 'N. Kretzulescu Commercial School', Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 22-Oct-09: Art Deco Building from a Prosperous Era

Art Deco style, University area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The svelte Art Deco style lines of a former hotel edifice, built at the end of 1920s, at a time of prosperity in Romania generated by the country's oil exports. University area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 21-Oct-09: Sutu Palace

Sturdza Palace. Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

Sutu Palace, cca. 1830, central Bucharest- today hosts the Municipal Museum (©Valentin Mandache)

Sutu Palace, a landmark of Romania’s capital, boasts an array of styles from Neo-Classical to Neo-Gothic, fashionable in Central Europe in the first part of the 19th c. (designed by architect Konrad Schwink). Its primary use was that of a ‘party’ palace- hosting receptions, balls and other society events given by the local powerful aristocratic family Sutu; it was not used for habitation. The image above shows the front entrance of the building with an impressive awned platform, made from a cast iron frame, were once upon a time luxurious horse carriages delivered their rich aristocratic occupants or high ranking officers from the many foreign armies that used the territory of Wallachia as a war theatre during the tumultuous 19th century in this part of Europe.

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.

Daily Picture 20-Oct-09: Stock ‘Little Paris’ Style House

'Little Paris' style house, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

One of the many picturesque examples of 'Little Paris' style (provincially interpreted French 19th century architectural styles) houses in Bucharest. It is located in Opera area and in need of urgent repair. The 'Little Paris' buildings are most often centrally located within the city and constitute excellent potential renovation projects. The French architectural styles were popular in the last two decades of the 19th century until the Great War and define Bucharest's urban identity among its peers in Eastern Europe. (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 20-Oct-09: Stock 'Little Paris' Style House

'Little Paris' style house, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

One of the many picturesque examples of 'Little Paris' style (provincially interpreted French 19th century architectural styles) houses in Bucharest. It is located in Opera area and in need of urgent repair. The 'Little Paris' buildings are most often centrally located within the city and constitute excellent potential renovation projects. The French architectural styles were popular in the last two decades of the 19th century until the Great War and define Bucharest's urban identity among its peers in Eastern Europe. (©Valentin Mandache)

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contact page of this weblog.

Daily Picture 19-Oct-09: Well Preserved Art Deco House

Mid-1930s Art Deco house, Bucharest (Valentin Mandache)

Mid-1930s Art Deco house, Central Crematorium area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

This is a good Bucharest example of a crisp mid-1930s Art Deco house design, with a remarkable central bay area. It is still in a quite good state, including the original street fence and gate, despite the adverse conditions which the city and its inhabitants had to face since the edifice was built (WWII, foreign occupation, communist regime, chaotic post-communist transition). What I found remarkable for Bucharest is the fact that the building has so far escaped one of the greatest plagues currently affecting historic buildings here: the replacement by ignorant owners of the original wooden frame widows with cheap white plastic double glazing structures.

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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If you plan acquiring a historic property in Romania or start a renovation project, I would be delighted to advice you in locating the property, specialist research, planning permissions, restoration project management, etc. To discuss your particular plan please see my contact details in the Contactpage of this weblog.